Female / juvenile-type Mandarin – Felbrigg Lake. My first here since late March
Yesterday I spent the morning cleaning out my garden pond, visiting the village pond and, in between times, attempting to photograph the last remaining two Swifts along The Street. After lunch I went to see the guys at the Woodyard – the selection of butterflies on the nearby Buddleia was impressive, including: Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Large & Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Purple Hairstreak and Silver-washed Fritillary. An incredible sight! At the lake, I failed to catch up with the Lesser Emperor, which Simon had seen in the morning, but I did see Green Sandpiper, which flew around the lake calling before landing in Boathouse Bay. I was just coming away, when the duck flotilla appeared from the bank, including the female / juvenile-type Mandarin – my first here since the end of March.
Grab-shot of Green Sandpiper making a touch-down – Felbrigg Lake
A nice composition of Ruddy Darter – near the bottom sluice
and a rather tatty Emperor – good to see close-up all the same